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Howard Hedstrom, of Hedstrom Lumber Company in Grand Marais, offers input during the biomass public meeting, December 9.

Is biomass energy in Cook County's future?

Around 20 people came to the County Courthouse in Grand Marais on a stormy, snowy evening earlier this month to talk about biomass energy.  The December 9 meeting was organized by the Cook County


Bob Fenwick

Courthouse says goodbye to Fenwick

After 12 years as a county commissioner, Bob Fenwick was feted by courthouse employees and fellow boardmembers during Tuesday's meeting. Dec. 21 was Fenwick's last board meeting.


Kimber Wraalstad with hospital board chair Howard Abrahamson

County Board moves to lower 2011 taxes

Cook County commissioners Tuesday made two moves to reduce next year’s projected levy increases. WTIPs Jay Andersen has the story.


Superintendent Beth Schwarz

Bullying in county discussed by ISD166 superintendent

Bullying is an issue in schools all over the country. But as a group here in Cook County is discovering, bullying goes far beyond the school hallways. WTIPs Jay Andersen has this interview.


EDA director Matt Geretschlaeger

Who will lead the EDA?

Ever since EDA director Matt Geretschlaeger said this summer that he was going to resign, the question of who will lead the troubled economic development agency has been up in the air.


Fiber optic cable

Fiber optic commissionto request one percent funding

High speed internet connection just got cheaper if the Cook County Fiber Optic Network Commission has its way.


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Weekend News Roundup for Dec. 18

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.


Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers

County still vulnerable to state revenue cuts

At the Tuesday County Board meeting, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers told commissioners he had spoken with legislative analysts at the Association of Minnesota Counties.


Commissioner Jim Johnson

County holds Truth in Taxation meeting

County commissioners held Truth in Taxation public meeting on Tuesday. Because of all the increases from other taxing units, the county is considering no increases to their own levy for 2011.

Lonnie on Denali

Dupre to scale Mt. McKinley in January

Lonnie Dupre is once again heading toward arctic snow and cold. This time it’s Alaska where he’ll solo climb Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali.